Protecting Stark’s Future Calls for Proposals to Reduce Child Poverty

Stark Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Stark County recently released a request for proposals (RFP) for Protecting Stark’s Future, an initiative seeking to address child poverty in Stark County. The nonprofit partners are accepting proposals for planning and implementation grants from eligible organizations until April 1, 2021.

This funding opportunity is in response to the 2020 release of Protecting Stark’s Future: A Call to Coordinate Child Poverty Strategies, a research-based report outlining why Stark County needs to intentionally work together to coordinate efforts and target resources to reduce child poverty. The report, commissioned by Stark Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Stark County, also provides seven recommendations of how Stark County can reduce child poverty by working together to address immediate needs, increase the earnings of families and break cycles of poverty at the neighborhood level.

One-year planning grants up to $15,000 per project and one-to-three-year implementation grants up to $100,000 per project will be considered.

To be eligible for a planning or implementation grant, applicants must be a tax-exempt private agency, 501(c)(3) organization (that is recognized as a public charity) or government entity located within Stark County or directly benefiting Stark County.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 1, 2021.

To read the full RFP, learn more and submit a proposal, visit

About Stark Community Foundation
Stark Community Foundation is the community’s trusted partner in giving to nearly 850 individuals, families, businesses and organizations that have created charitable funds to impact the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Ranked in the top 10 percent of community foundations in the United States today, Stark Community Foundation is committed to serving donor needs and strategically addressing local issues. The Foundation and its family of donors have granted $200 million to nonprofits since 1963. Learn how you can simplify your giving and amplify your impact through our Center for Partners in Philanthropy at

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our communities by leading in the development of solutions to critical social issues in the areas of health, education and financial stability. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County, visit

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